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A WLT Collaboration

The Townshend parcel of WLT’s Nightingale Woods Preserve is backdrop to area resident Donna Dufresne's ongoing research of the Randall family, some of its early inhabitants. Partnering with the Pomfret Historical Society, a series of four workshops, Waking the Dead: Archaeology, Genealogy and Archival Research of Enslaved Africans and Native Americans, will cover the local history, techniques of working with primary, original documents, African American genealogy, grave stone restoration, and more. You can register directly from the Pomfret Historical Society registration page or click from our FB feed. Space will be limited on the Waking the Dead workshops!

It is believed that enslaved African Americans are buried at the family cemetery, but in unmarked graves.

The WLT is pleased to partner in the effort to help shed light on the past habitation of this land and to commemorate the individuals whose graves were not marked when they died. Tune in for more details on this project, Out of the Shadows: Commemorating the Enslaved African Americans of the Higginbotham Cemetery, coming soon!

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